Surprise England call-up for Joe Lewis

PUBLISHED: 11:41 25 May 2008 | UPDATED: 15:36 10 September 2010

Former Norwich City goalkeepers Joe Lewis (left) and Robert Green are both hoping to impress England coach Fabio Capello.

Former Norwich City goalkeepers Joe Lewis (left) and Robert Green are both hoping to impress England coach Fabio Capello.

England coach Fabio Capello has given a shock call-up to former Norwich City goalkeeper Joe Lewis ahead of the friendlies against the United States and Trinidad & Tobago. The 20-year-old has been added to the party because of fitness concerns over Chris Kirkland, who has a back injury, while David James has only recently returned from a calf injury.

England coach Fabio Capello has given a shock call-up to former Norwich City goalkeeper Joe Lewis ahead of the friendlies against the United States and Trinidad & Tobago.

The 20-year-old has been added to the party because of fitness concerns over Chris Kirkland, who has a back injury, while David James has only recently returned from a calf injury.

Lewis had only made his debut for the Under-21 side as a substitute for Hart in 2-0 the win over Wales as recently as May 15.

But the Peterborough goalkeeper, who was signed from the Canaries for a club record £400,000 in the January transfer window, was overjoyed by Capello's decision to promote him to the full squad.

“I am over the moon and thrilled with the call-up - it came out of the blue and I am enjoying every minute of it,” Lewis said.

“I trained with the squad on Saturday morning and it was superb to be involved with the best players in the country.

“There's a second training session at 5pm on Saturday and it is a fantastic experience for me.

“I managed to make a couple of good saves, which was a great feeling, especially from Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard. It is a great end to a fantastic season.”

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